By Rob Howland, Senior Buyer at Pure Hockey
My father-in-law, a Vietnam Air Force Veteran, was lying in a hospital bed dying. For the 17 years that I knew him, I saw Richard Grenier suffer from what he believed was over-exposure to Agent Orange. His circulation system was failing him and both of his legs were amputated. He had multiple surgeries to try to sustain blood flow to his extremities, but ultimately there was nothing left to do. What would crush the spirit of many men didn’t crush him, though. He always had a smile on his face and was SO good to my kids. It was sad to see this man decline from being an avid golfer so someone who couldn’t do much at all.
As cliché as it sounds, this idea to honor him with Easton Camo gear came to me in a dream in the fall of last year. Just a few days after that, I was meeting with Easton Hockey's new leadership team and that’s when I pitched my idea of the Camo Gear. They were all on board. Over several months, we looked at several renditions, colors and designs of how it would look and we ended up with what you see here. Even though he had served in the Air Force, we decided to go with more of the Army look as we felt it was more recognizable.
So, RG Series – what does it mean? Simple – when you put on the gear you are honoring him – his name – Richard Grenier, as well as all those who have served and are serving our great country.
Richard Grenier unfortunately passed away on September 28th, 2014 and never got the chance to see this product. It is an honor for me to be able to create something with so much meaning and an honor for his family to see him live on.
Honoring RG was one of my goals, but I also wanted to give back to those who are still suffering now. We at Pure Hockey will be donating 10% of our total sales from this product to Defending The Blue Line®, an organization which is helping children of armed service members stick with hockey programs. We like that.
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